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Campo Santo, developer of Firewatch has joined Valve

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It seems Valve are quite serious about getting back into making games, as Campo Santo the developer of Firewatch has joined them.

Writing on their official website in a post, the team from Campo Santo confirmed that the news is true. They said they found that people at Valve share the same values that they do, so it became an "obvious match". Expanding on that, they said this:

We had a series of long conversations with the people at Valve and everyone shared the satisfaction we take in working with people whose talents dwarf our own to make things we never thought possible. Both sides spoke about our values and how, when you get right down to it, we, as human beings, are hard-limited by the time we have left when it comes to making the things we care about and believe in. They asked us if we’d all be interested in coming up to Bellevue and doing that there and we said yes.

They confirmed that their next game, In the Valley of Gods, is still being made and so it's now a Valve game.

Personally, I think it's great that Valve are bringing in some obviously talented folk to make games. Valve have a lot of resources and contacts that can help for sure. It should also mean they have good Linux support, since Valve are still committed to Linux gaming.

Since it will now be a Valve game, it will be interesting to see if In the Valley of Gods will make it to GOG. I wouldn't expect it to now, but maybe Valve will surprise us there.

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Shmerl 22 April 2018 at 2:51 pm UTC
Goodbye DRM-free releases like Firewatch?


Last edited by Shmerl at 22 April 2018 at 6:33 pm UTC
Jarno 22 April 2018 at 3:11 pm UTC
Isn't that the developer who abused DMCA?
GustyGhost 22 April 2018 at 3:26 pm UTC
ShmerlGood bye DRM-free releases like Firewatch?

They obviously don't share all of the same values.
Doc Angelo 22 April 2018 at 3:29 pm UTC
Valve can still release the game on Steam without DRM protection. Half-Life 2 is DRM free for example.


Last edited by Doc Angelo at 22 April 2018 at 3:30 pm UTC
ageres 22 April 2018 at 3:34 pm UTC
HL3 as a walking simulator confirmed.
Maelrane 22 April 2018 at 3:40 pm UTC
Doc AngeloValve can still release the game on Steam without DRM protection. Half-Life 2 is DRM free for example.

Steam itself is DRM.

Albeit it's the only one I accept and can live with, it is, per definition, DRM.
Doc Angelo 22 April 2018 at 3:50 pm UTC
MaelraneSteam itself is DRM.

Albeit it's the only one I accept and can live with, it is, per definition, DRM.

I don't think so. But maybe we have different definitions of what DRM means.

The Steam client is the very same as GOG Galaxy or the GOG website. You can buy and download games. Valve has their own DRM implementation (part of Steamworks), but it's completely optional. As a developer or publisher, you don't have to use the DRM tools provided by Steam, or your own DRM. You can just not use any DRM and still have your game on Steam.

http://steam.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_DRM-free_games


Last edited by Doc Angelo at 22 April 2018 at 3:52 pm UTC. Edited 3 times.
WorMzy 22 April 2018 at 4:06 pm UTC
Good thing Firewatch was so self-contained then, I'd hate if they were planning on it being a trilogy.
UltraAltesBrot 22 April 2018 at 4:08 pm UTC
Doc Angelo
MaelraneSteam itself is DRM.

Albeit it's the only one I accept and can live with, it is, per definition, DRM.

I don't think so. But maybe we have different definitions of what DRM means.

The Steam client is the very same as GOG Galaxy or the GOG website. You can buy and download games. Valve has their own DRM implementation (part of Steamworks), but it's completely optional. As a developer or publisher, you don't have to use the DRM tools provided by Steam, or your own DRM. You can just not use any DRM and still have your game on Steam.

http://steam.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_DRM-free_games

Don't even try to argue with fanatics, it won't lead anywhere.
Comandante Ñoñardo 22 April 2018 at 4:12 pm UTC
Doc AngeloI don't think so. But maybe we have different definitions of what DRM means.

The Steam client is the very same as GOG Galaxy or the GOG website.

http://steam.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_DRM-free_games

No! GOG Galaxy client is OPTIONAL for to download the games, Steam client is MANDATORY for to download the games...
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